Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water (or the wedding bouquet with the trash)

In “The ABCs of Photo Organization” I teach people to throw away (yes, throw away) some of their photos. Some photos just aren’t worth keeping, especially duplicates, unflattering photos, blurry photos and most scenery shots.

But some poorly composed photos are worth keeping because they tell a story.

Like this one:

I recently ran across this image of my parents’ wedding in 1964. They’ll be celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary next month, so you can imagine there’s a lot of story in this picture.

It’s blurry, yes, but I love it because of its ethereal appearance, just a like a fairy tale. My mother’s big hoop skirt captures the feel of a Cinderella dress, and my handsome father looks tall and thin like a Prince Charming ought to. And fairy tales always end with “And they lived happily ever after.” This photo — seemingly flawed — illustrates my parents’ fairy tale relationship. So it’s a keeper.

When you run across a photo like this in your own collection, ask yourself, “Is there a story here?” If there is, the photo is worth keeping. And telling the story.

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3 comments on “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water (or the wedding bouquet with the trash)

  1. Gilly Gee says:

    48 years, wonderful!

  2. Amar Naik says:

    48 years is a long time. definitely this photo must be close to your heart

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